East Africa Tax Alerts

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We strive to keep you updated on tax developments in the East Africa Region. Our Tax Alerts contain detailed analysis of recent tax measures and their implications on businesses operating in the region.

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Recent Alerts

Kenya Revenue Authority seeks to introduce requirement for oil marketers to issue ETR compliant invoices  - 9 November 2018

In a stakeholder seminar held by the KRA on 25 October 2018 for the Petroleum and LPG sector, the revenue authority indicated that it is expected of oil marketers to issue Electronic Tax Register (ETR) or Electronic Signature Device (ESD) compliant tax invoices to all buyers. Read more

KRA comes up with new measures aimed at improving Value Added Tax compliance - 1 November 2018

The Kenya Revenue Authority has commenced implementation of an online tool that will generate automated VAT assessments through the iTax platform. In this alert, we discuss the key features of this tool and highlight our view on this initiative. Read more

Changes in the work permit application process - 28 August 2018

Following the administrative and policy changes recommended last month, the Government of Kenya has directed that all foreigners wishing to work in Kenya should have a work permit approved and issued before they can travel to take up their assignment in the country.. Read more

KRA indefinitely postpones implementation of EGMS on bottled water and juice - 10 August 2018 

Following extensive consultations between the Kenya Revenue Authority (“KRA”) and various stakeholders in the water and juice industry, the KRA, through a joint statement dated 31 July 2018, postponed the implementation of the Excisable Goods Management System (“EGMS”) on bottled water and juices that was to commence on 1 August 2018. Read more  

Administrative and policy changes in the management of Work Permits regime - 2 August 2018

The Government of Kenya, through the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government, has issued a report on the just concluded Work Permit verification exercise recently carried out during the period from 21 May to 22 July 2018. Out of this thegovernment issued its recommendations for administrative and policy changes in relation to the management of Work permits. Read more


High Court temporarily suspends the implementation of “Robin Hood Tax” - 30 July 2018

The High Court on 19 July 2018 issued conservatory orders suspending the implementation of excise duty introduced by the Finance Bill 2018 in Paragraph 6 of Part II of the First Schedule of the Excise Duty Act, 2015 (“EDA”).  Read more


Commissioner General adjusts specific excise duty rates for inflation - 20 July 2018

The Commissioner General (“CG”) of the Kenya Revenue Authority (“KRA”) has vide Gazette Notice No 164 of 2018 adjusted specific excise duty rates for inflation on certain excisable goods in accordance with Section 10 of the Excise Duty Act. The new rates will take effect on 1 August 2018. Read more


The Tax Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2018 - 25 April 2018

The Tax Laws (Amendment) Bill (2018) (“the Bill”) was gazetted on the 10 April 2018. In this alert, we provide you with an analysis of the proposals in the bill, the affected products and our view on the proposed changes and the possible impact of the legislation. 


High Court Nullifies EGMS Regulation - 18 April 2018

The High Court on 12 March 2018 made a ruling invalidating the Excisable Goods Management System (EGMS) Regulations introduced vide Legal Notice 53 of 2017 on the premise that they were enacted in a manner that did not conform to the Constitution and the Statutory Instruments Act. This alert explores the case and the ruling made. 

The Finance Act 2017

The Finance Act 2017 was assented into law by the President on 21 June 2017.

The analysis captures salient changes that have been effected to the Income Tax Act, 2015, the Tax Procedures Act, 2015, the Value Added Tax Act, 2013 and the Excise Duty Act, 2015 following the enactment of the Finance Bill, 2017. The analysis only reflects changes not originally contained in the Finance Bill and changes to some of the provisions of the Bill. 


The East Africa Community Gazette Notice 2017 – 16 August 2017

The East Africa Community Council of Ministers (‘Council’) reviewed the East Africa Community Customs Management Act (EAC CMA) and the East Africa Community Common External Tariff (EAC CET).


Tax Amnesty: Remission of interest and penalties

In response to the tax amnesty announced by the Government of Tanzania in the Budget Reading of 2018/19, we have prepared this alert to give you an overview, and responses to frequently asked questions with respect to the provisions under the Tax Administration (Remission of Interest and Penalty) Order, 2018. Read more...

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